Did you know that a pregnancy test is insufficient to verify a viable pregnancy? Up to 1/5 of all pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. After a miscarriage, HCG levels may remain high in your body, meaning for a period of time your test results will still show up as positive. An ultrasound can help confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are.
Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?
A positive pregnancy test can help identify a pregnancy, but an ultrasound is the best way to confirm a viable pregnancy. Ultrasounds provide information about how far along your pregnancy has progressed, and they also offer vital information about viability. Ultrasounds are important for making sure you have all the information necessary to make educated and informed decisions about your health and the fetus.
How Does an Ultrasound Work?
An ultrasound, or sonography, uses sound waves to develop ultrasound images of what is happening in the human body. The process detects the heartbeat of the fetus and can determine how many weeks along your pregnancy has progressed. Further, an ultrasound can reveal a miscarriage or potentially harmful health risks like an ectopic pregnancy.
If you need an ultrasound, we will provide a referral at no charge to you so you can make an informed decision about your next steps. Contact us for your free appointment today.